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Orb Sceptre Throne [Paperback]

Ian C. Esslemont
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Feb. 6 2012
The epic new chapter in the history of Malaz -- the new epic fantasy from Steven Erikson's friend and co-creator of this extraordinary and exciting imagined world.
 
Darujhistan, city of dreams, city of blue flames, is peaceful at last; its citizens free to return to politicking, bickering, trading and, above all, enjoying the good things in life. Yet there are those who will not allow the past to remain buried. A scholar digging in the plains stumbles across an ancient sealed vault. The merchant Humble Measure schemes to drive out the remaining Malazan invaders. And the surviving agents of a long-lost power are stirring, for they sense change and so, opportunity. While, as ever at the centre of everything, a thief in a red waistcoat and of rotund proportions walks the streets, juggling in one hand custard pastries, and in the other the fate of the city itself.
 
Far to the south, fragments of the titanic Moon's Spawn have crashed into the Rivan Sea creating a series of isles... and a fortune hunter's dream. A Malazan veteran calling himself 'Red' ventures out to try his luck -- and perhaps say goodbye to old friends. But there he finds far more than he'd bargained for as the rush to claim the Spawn's treasures descends into a mad scramble of chaos and bloodshed. For powers from across the world have gathered here, searching for the legendary Throne of Night. The impact of these events are far reaching, it seems. On an unremarkable island off the coast of Genabackis, a people who had turned their backs upon all such strivings now lift their masked faces towards the mainland and recall the ancient prophesy of a return.
 
And what about the ex-Claw of the Malazan Empire who now walks the uttermost edge of creation? His mission -- the success or failure of which the Queen of Dreams saw long ago -- is destined to shape far more than anyone could have ever imagined.

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"The finest Esslemont novel so far, and a superb Malazan novel in its own right, Orb, Sceptre, Throne is a book long-time Malazan fans will love" DRYING-INK.BLOGSPOT --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

IAN CAMERON ESSLEMONT was born in 1962 in Winnipeg, Canada. He has a degree in Creative Writing, studied and worked as an archaeologist, travelled extensively in South East Asia, and lived in Thailand and Japan for several years. He now lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, with his wife and children and is currently working on his PhD in English Literature. His previous novels, Night of Knives, Return of the Crimson Guard and Stonewielder are all set in the fantasy world of Malaz that he co-created with his great friend Steven Erikson.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By R. Nicholson TOP 500 REVIEWER
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"Orb Sceptre Throne: A Novel of the Malazan Empire" is a standalone book in the ongoing Malazan series by author Ian C. Esslemont. The paperback edition is 608 pages in length and retails for $15.64.

General theme <spoilers> No specific detail revealed.

The continent of Genbackis has be living in relative quiet for some years now. That is until Scholar Ebbin uncovers a malevolent artifact in a sealed tomb. Some things are better left undisturbed and buried.

End <spoilers>

Some thoughts on "Orb Sceptre Throne"...

The Pros:
1.a) as with nearly all Malazan novels, this one starts with several seemingly unrelated story lines. These individual tales of course, eventually come together at the end.
1.b) all 'stories' are told in fairly short segments, i.e. there are no prolonged gaps between individual subtales that leave the reader almost forgetting what has gone on before.

2.) generally well written with interesting dialogues and a sprinkling of humor.

3.) an intriguing story filled with intrigue, betrayals, clandestine plotting, battles both individual and between armies, plus many unexpected twists and turns.

4.) some solid character development

5.) reacquaintance with several old Malazan characters from previous novels (See Cons: 1 below)

6.) two maps... a great map of the city of Darujhistan (the main locale for this novel) and a second map of the southern part of Genbackis (see Cons: 3 below).

The Cons:
1.) lack of knowledge of previous Malazan books...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars standing strong March 23 2012
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great book. its good to see that Ian is producing books that add to the malazan serries rather then damage eriksons work. that being said i realy enjoyed this book and although the first bit was slow to get going i found myself unable to put the book down near the end wich is a feeling i did not have with ians first 3 books. well writen and fairly simple to follow. 1 or 2 uneeded developments/ revelations that just left you asking "wait what was the reason there... how come hes been in series for 12 books and is just now being changed" like the part about k'rul (i wont say more). but all in all a great ending that may not have happend exactly as you wanted but had the end result you wanted. this is eassily Ian's best book so far. 8/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Yet March 22 2012
By Tiste
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For fans of the offshoot Malazan series, this is the best yet. Esslemont has really captured the grit and wonder of the universe, bringing his own flavor while staying true to the characters we know and love. I'm surprised he wrote Kruppe, TBH. That character is Erikson's "muscle" character, flexing his literary genius. And although Esslemont is not completely on par with Erikson (sorry, it's true), his writing is fantastic and enjoyable. Keep it up Ian!
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